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  • Blog Post: PowerPoint Viewer Requires Installation?

    Mike Niedringhaus and I had a short thread yesterday about whether the PowerPoint Viewer really requires installation. I claimed in my previous post that it didn't. Mike insisted that you had to either install PowerPoint or install the Viewer. Turns out we were both sort of right.
  • Blog Post: Presenter View

    Another question from Superman : Can I view notes while presenting in PowerPoint? Answer: If you have PowerPoint 2002 (a.k.a. PowerPoint XP) or PowerPoint 2003, you can use Presenter View . While all the audience sees if your normal slides, you the presenter can: View...
  • Blog Post: Multimedia in PowerPoint

    Figuring out how PowerPoint plays movies and sounds can be perplexing to say the least. Andrew May has written two new MSDN articles on the subject: The first article talks about how PowerPoint plays your multimedia file. There are some nice flow charts that show the process PowerPoint...
  • Blog Post: Slide Master

    Superman asked me yesterday: In PowerPoint, I have a bunch of slides and I want to apply one font to all their titles and another font to all their body text. How do I do this without having to edit all these slides one by one? The answer is a master slide. First let's create a master with...
  • Blog Post: View Shortcuts

    You're probably familiar with the three little buttons in the bottom-left corner of PowerPoint that let you switch views: [image] [Normal View] [Slide Sorter View] [Slide Show] Did you know you could press Ctrl or Shift while pressing them to invoke all sorts of crazy commands...
  • Blog Post: New PowerPoint Viewer

    A big focus of the PowerPoint team for the 2003 release was working on a brand new PowerPoint Viewer . The previous viewer had been written for the PowerPoint 97 release, and was missing a bunch of newer features, most notably: newer animations and slide transitions password protected presentations...
  • Blog Post: Ellipsis

    An ellipsis can be useful to have in a diagram: [diagram picture] I've been asked on several occasions how to make one of these puppies, so I thought I'd publish the steps I saw one of my coworkers use: Launch Word, Excel, or PowerPoint. Get the Drawing toolbar to show up if it...
  • Blog Post: Slides From Outline

    PowerPoint is great for creating and presenting a presentation, but you may not feel comfortable organizing your thoughts or writing text there. Although PowerPoint has an outline pane (see the Outline tab in the image below in the upper-left?), I often prefer organizing text in Microsoft Word or...
  • Blog Post: Command-line and PowerPoint Show files

    PowerPoint supports a handful of command-line parameters. Use these to create special Windows shortcuts (right-click the desktop | New | Shortcut ) or to perform PowerPoint tasks quickly from the command prompt. Of course you need to modify the commands based on where you installed PowerPoint: ...
  • Blog Post: Slideshow shortcut keys

    PowerPoint has a bunch of shortcut keys you can use while presenting in slideshow mode. A few of my favorites: B blacks out the screen and W turns the screen white. Hit the key again to go back to your slides. I find this useful for hiding slides during breaks in the middle of a presentation. ...
  • Blog Post: Welcome!

    I've been on the fence for a few months on whether to start up a new blog. I had one in college as part of my personal web site , but got lazy and only updated it about twice a year. I've decided to give this another shot though. About me... After graduating from Cal about a year ago (go Bears!),...
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